Entsminger v. Aranas et al.
ORDER granting ECF No. 94 Plaintiff's Motion-Suggestion to Substitute Names of Defendants under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 25(d); the AG's Office shall file a notice by 9/9/2019 re acceptance of service and/or provide last-known-address information for defendants under seal. Signed by Magistrate Judge William G. Cobb on 8/26/2019. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - LH)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF NEVADA
3 GREGORY W. ENTSMINGER,
Case No.: 3:16-cv-00555-MMD -WGC
Re: ECF No. 94
6 ARANAS, et. al.,
Before the court is Plaintiff's Motion-Suggestion to Substitute Names of Defendants under
10 Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 25(d). He seeks to substitute in the names of defendants for the
11 State officials who no longer hold elected office or have terminated their employment with the
12 State insofar as those defendants are sued in their official capacities. Specifically he seeks to
13 substitute in the following defendants in their official capacities only: (1) Michael Minev, M.D.,
14 in place of Romeo Aranas, M.D.; (2) Governor Steve Sisolak for Governor Brian Sandoval; (3)
15 Attorney General Aaron Ford for Attorney General Adam Laxalt; (4) Governor's Chief of Staff
16 Michelle White for former Governor's Chief of Staff Mike Willden; and (5) Director of
17 Administration Patrick Cates for former Director of Administration Andrew Clinger.
"An action does not abate when a public officer who is a party in an official capacity dies,
19 resigns, or otherwise ceases to hold office while the action is pending." Fed. R. Civ. P. 25(d). "The
20 officer's successor is automatically substituted as a party" and "[t]he court may order substitution
21 at any time." Id.
Under Rule 25(d), Plaintiff's motion (ECF No. 94) is GRANTED. The following
23 defendants will be substituted in their official capacities: Michael Minev, M.D., Governor
1 Steve Sisolak, Attorney General Aaron Ford, Governor's Chief of Staff Michelle White, and
2 Director of Administration Patrick Cates. As a result, Plaintiff is no longer proceeding against the
3 following defendants in their official capacities: (1) Romeo Aranas, M.D.; (2) Governor
4 Brian Sandoval; (3) Attorney General Adam Laxalt; (4) Governor's Chief of Staff Mike Willden;
5 and (5) Director of Administration Andrew Clinger.
Within 14 days of the date of this Order, the Attorney General's Office shall file a notice
7 indicating whether it will accept service on behalf of these new defendants sued in their official
8 capacities only. For any of these defendants for whom the Attorney General's Office cannot accept
9 service, the last known address should be filed under seal.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated: August 26, 2019
William G. Cobb
United States Magistrate Judge
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